New York

05 December 2003

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on explosion in the Russian Federation

The Secretary-General was dismayed to learn of this morning's explosion in a commuter train near the Yessentuki station in the Russian Federation. This appears to be yet another act of terrorism. Terrorism can never be justified.

The Secretary-General sends his deepest condolences to the Government of the Russian Federation and to the families and friends of all those who were killed and the many more who were injured in this vicious attack.